Fireworks Plea from Heathlands – Bacon Roll & Tea

Heathlands Fireworks 2016

Heathlands Fireworks 2016Fireworks Plea from Heathlands

This Saturday, 4th November, sees the 25th Annual Fireworks Display on the Poors Field.  An extremely popular event this is organised every year to raise funds for Heathlands PTA with a massive £9,000 profit being made last year.  However, one consequence of this success is large crowds and an equally large amount of Continue reading “Fireworks Plea from Heathlands – Bacon Roll & Tea”

September Report from Traffic Safety Group

September Report from Traffic Safety Group

The following are the recorded notes from the last group meeting:

West Bergholt Traffic Safety Group

Notes  of meeting held on:- Thursday 28th September  2017

Members present  –  Harry Stone, Gemma Ross, David Short, Jenny Church, Anne Brown

Apologies – Peter Cole, Lewis Barber

Welcome to Anne Brown to this meeting. Continue reading “September Report from Traffic Safety Group”

Annoyed by Poor Parking in the Village?

Examples of poor parking

West Bergholt Road Safety GroupAnnoyed by Poor Parking in the Village?

Working together the Parish Council and Road Safety Group are looking at means of enforcement and education to promote better parking in the village.  The Group now wants to recruit a team of volunteer parking monitors to occasionally patrol a few areas in the village to curtail poor parking.

We aren’t expecting volunteers to act like traffic wardens, simply wander around hot spots encouraging better parking behaviour.  Hi-vis jackets with the council logo will be provided as well as guidelines.  All patrols will be in pairs of course.

This is what we are talking about:

Examples of poor parking

Find out more

To find out more, or to volunteer, please contact Harry Stone (Parish Councillor):

Spring Clean

Litter Warriors

Spring Clean with the Litter WarriorsSpring Clean

Help Spring Clean the village with the Litter Warriors at their next outing this weekend.

Starting from the West Bergholt Cricket Club, Manor Road, at 11am on Saturday 1st April this is no April Fool jest (although bad jokes might be excused).   Why not spend an hour helping to tidy our village up and take pride in our beautiful village.

Families are welcome and all equipment will be provided.  Following the litter pick there will also be free Continue reading “Spring Clean”

Bang on Timing

Litter Warriors

Litter Warriors timing couldn't be betterBang On Timing

Just as all the firework debris litters our streets the timing of the West Bergholt Litter Warriors plan to hit the streets on Sunday 6th November couldn’t be better.

As ever, all equipment will be provided and the Warriors will be leaving from outside the Orpen Hall at 10am and spend an hour picking.  Why not join them & help to keep West Bergholt beautiful?

Grot Spot Alert?

Seen a Grot Spot that needs tidying? Let the Litter Warriors know either by calling the Grot Spot Hotline 01206 240772 or by email to [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

Care Network Calls for Volunteer Drivers

Care Network 0300 773 3100

Calling for Volunteer Drivers - Care Network 0300 773 3100Care Network Calls for Volunteer Drivers

New volunteer drivers are needed by the Care Network in order to continue running their local service.  For thirty years now they have been helping those who are not able to get themselves to medical or other important appointments and so need support.

So the future of this valuable service can be secured new volunteers are needed.  Most drivers run about 10 trips a year and are paid expenses.  So, do you enjoy driving and helping others, if so why not join?  Driver are asked to commit no more than they feel they can offer, just to help out when they can.

To join the team call Harry Stone on 241026 or email him at [email protected]

The Care Network is a registered charity and relies on donations to continue running.


Clubs – Volunteer Awards & Culture Grants

Clubs – Volunteer Awards & Culture Grants

Essex County Council recently issued news updates on two items that might be of interest to local clubs – time is running out though:

Stars-of-EssexWho are your star volunteers?

Tell us about a volunteer, business or charitable organisation that has made an impact on your community and improved the lives of others. This is your opportunity to show just how much you appreciate them.

The ‘Who Will Care?’ Awards is a county-wide volunteer awards for Essex. There are seven categories to choose from and nominations close on Friday 9 April.

  • Individual – adult (18+). Volunteer aged 18+ who has demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity/community group or employer.
  • Individual – young person (under 18) (Sponsored by Seetec). Volunteer aged under 18 who has demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity or community/youth/school group or employer.
  • Individual – overcoming adversity (Sponsored by Runwood Homes). A volunteer of any age who has continued to volunteer within their community (independently or with a charity or community group) while facing challenges in their own personal life.
  • Team Volunteer Award. A group of two or more volunteers of any age who have made an outstanding contribution to their community either independently or with a charity, community group or their employer.
  • Voluntary and Community Sector Award. Open to Charities and Community Groups who are able to demonstrate outstanding service delivery to support their community and/or service users.
  • Business Award (Sponsored by Edward Carter Solutions). Open to commercial organisations who have made an impact in their community
  • Innovation Award. Open to Social Enterprises, commercial organisations and individuals of any age who can demonstrate innovation in developing a service/project to support the community. 

Find out more and download application forms from the Castle Point AVS website.

Culture in Essex Small Grants

The Culture in Essex Small Grants Schemes are funded and run by Essex County Council, offering one-off project support to arts and culture projects within Essex.  Grants of between £250 – £2,500 are available for projects and up to £250 for personal development.

The deadline for 2016/17 is the 31st March 2016. Awards of up to £2,500 are offered to projects which meet the schemes criteria. Please ensure that you read the guidance notes before completing an application form. For more information please email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].


Parish Safety Volunteers Sought

Police-&-Fire-Parish-Safety-VolunteerEssex Seek Parish Safety Volunteers

Further to the earlier news item (more details here), we have received the following update about Safety Volunteers from Essex Community Messaging:

The Parish Safety Volunteer Programme is a new community safety initiative, delivered in partnership by Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and volunteers from local communities.

Could you volunteer?

Parish Safety Volunteers are trained by experts from our organisations to deliver bespoke fire and crime safety advice and fit smoke detectors in homes.  Parish Safety Volunteers will work in pairs, in a smart but comfortable uniform and visit people in their own homes to offer this bespoke service. A diverse range of people will benefit from the Parish Safety Volunteer programme from young families, to the elderly and those vulnerable to the risk of fire or fear of crime.

You must be over 18, know your local area well and be able to commit to an average of 10 hours each month. Everyone who volunteers as a Parish Safety Volunteer will be interviewed, provide two references, complete standard Police security checks and a confidential health questionnaire. Good all-round communication skills are also a must. Reasonable expenses will be paid.

If you are interested in finding out more about what is involved in becoming a Parish Safety Volunteer, please visit or email [antibot mailto-=”[email protected]”] or ring 01376 576237.

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